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Every year the Garden Education Center of Greenwich works with homeowners and designers to put on a tour of delightful Greenwich properties. This year our very own Kim and John Conte were the Garden Tour Co-Chairs and included their amazing back country woodland gem, along with a beautifully manicured garden designed for a client (where I was stationed as a hostess). The forecast was ominous, but we were actually blessed with sunshine for most of the day! The turnout was fantastic hence my photos being of the latter rainy portion of the day when I got a moment to take some... thanks to all who took part!
Conte & Conte, LLC Landscape Architects of Greenwich, CT
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
January 18, 2017
– Conte & Conte, LLC
of Greenwich, CT
has won “Best Of Design,
” on Houzz
®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.
This well established landscape architecture firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
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Conte & Conte celebrating the holiday season with our sister company, Fairfield House & Garden at Mary Ann's Mexican Restaurant in Port Chester, NY.
Click here for the article and advice on dealing with deer in the suburbs - New York Times
We are really proud of the new Nature Trail at the Greenwich Audubon. Unfortunately due to the weather, the Grand Opening was cancelled but there is to be a celebration in the Spring of 2017. In the meantime, it's open to the public so feel free to visit the mile-long trail if you are in the area!
Greenwich Audubon Handicap Accessible Nature Trail
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Click on the link below to read the entire spread, or better yet, pick up a copy at newstands. Photos by Andre Baranowski, article written by Tovah Martin.
Versailles Article Westchester Home Fall 2016
Update: now also available on their website!
Heidi and her family are an adventurous bunch. They recently embarked on an exciting hiking expedition through the French Alps. What a healthy and fun way to explore different parts of the world! Heidi's interest in landscape design and architecture also had her insisting on a day visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th century chateau with over a 100 acres of formal gardens. The landscape architect being none other than Andre de Notre, designer of the grounds at the Palace of Versailles.
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We're so excited to be a finalist in the alist awards for the second year in a row. See you at The Palace Theatre in September!
"How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues
provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice." - TCLF
"I didn't know I needed a landscape architect for the project, but as we progressed, I realized that we couldn't have done without one." - Carol Dollard, Steeple Chase Farm owner.
We had an intimate group for Saturday's garden tour, the weather cooperated and we hope everyone enjoyed learning about the client/landscape architect relationship. Thanks also to Aris Stalis, ASLA for stepping in and serving as moderator.
Such a great day to celebrate gardens. We were lucky to show off our favorite horse farm, Steeple Chase. Due to holding the event on the weekend, the turnout was amazing! Thanks to all involved.
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Trees are an indispensable part of our natural world, and an important part of the ecosystem, performing so many functions vital to our environment, and yet they are so often treated with such little regard.
When you as a homeowner contemplate design changes on your property, take a moment to consider the impact to the trees. This is a perspective that helps to get a project started off on the right foot. Consider putting together the right design team and incorporating Best Management Practices (BMP’s) from the very start of a project.
I cannot stress enough the importance of Low Impact Development strategies up front in the earliest stages a project. This is critical in achieving true LID benefits as opposed to simply tacking a few band‐aids on to the project and it requires assembling the right team from the very beginning. A complete and diverse team that is able to consider the unique characteristics of a parcel of land from each of their perspective areas of expertise, prior to committing to a siteplan.
Identifying environmental assets prior to deciding on a building program, can make all of the difference in the success of a project. And not just environmentally. By placing more emphasis on the land first and letting the unique characteristics of the landforms, topographical features, vegetation and hydrology inform us as to what the building design and program should be, we can make the whole process of developing a piece of property go smoother, from permitting, right through to construction and ultimately long term maintenance. This is the most effective way to design around the environmentally sensitive portions of a site and to avoid negative environmental impacts. And it is the most effective way to achieve success in Low Impact Development.
While this may seem obvious, it is not the norm. As designers, we are often presented with rigid design requirements from owners that have developed their plans and assumptions about a building program without any reference to a specific parcel of land. We are then expected to stamp these plans onto the ground and make the landforms yield to the design.
It will take education and a realignment of our current methodologies and priorities to change this approach. It requires a shifting of emphasis from top down design to more of a bottom up approach, starting with what the land tells us it can support and developing the right building program with that information in hand.
- Greenwich Tree Conservancy Panel Discussion - Sam Bridge Nursery 4/2/2016
Steve Johnson, Landscape Designer & Nurseryman, Sam Bridge Nurseries
Brian Johnson, Arborist, Hawthorne Brothers Tree Service
John R. Conte, RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Conte & Conte, LLC
Two of our projects have been chosen to be featured in this unique, enriching event.
"Garden Dialogues provides exclusive access to great residential gardens where one can learn the secrets to their creation. Hear directly from the garden owners and their landscape architects/designers about their collaboration." - The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Get outside and enjoy the change of season!
We are not always thinking about landscape architecture, though we do get to see a vast display of various outdoor environments when we train. Running, I’m talking about running. Two, and hopefully more to follow, of our staff are avid runners and enjoy the thrill of competition. One has reached the highest accolade of marathon status and has earned a spot in this year’s New York City marathon (Congrats!), while the other prefers the low maintenance yet motivational 5K. They meet in the middle occasionally for a joint 10K venture (see below)… watch this space for occasional updates and random photos of unusual outdoor architectural findings gathered on runs. Remember, nothing beats green exercise for mental & physical benefits!
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Conte and Conte, LLC is excited to announce that the construction phase of the Greenwich Common project kicked off last week.
Greenwich Common is a small urban park, prominently located in downtown Greenwich Connecticut, between Greenwich Avenue and the Town Hall. C&C has collaborated with the Town of Greenwich to give this site a full landscape makeover. The underlying concept for the new design is to provide a more formal and traditional park setting. The plans involve a new layout with the introduction of a more elegant fixtures palette, befitting of the park’s original period of establishment in the early 1900s. The new path system is shaped in a quadrant, paying heed to the more traditional language of a ‘village green’ and will be enhanced with a number of new site furnishings, including 1939 New York World’s Fair design picnic and game tables, wrought iron entry arches with cast bronze lettering and new period style lighting (carefully chosen LED bulbs which have a low Kelvin value so as to best emulate the natural warm white light spectrum), new ornamental plantings and a new irrigation system. The one existing park feature which shall remain is the strong framework of well-established Beech trees along the long sides of the park and the two Copper Beech trees at the far ends.
The park, which at present is closed for this renovation period, is due to reopen on July 4th
, and shall be a featured site at this year’s Town of Greenwich’s 375th
Check out this feature of our 2014 HOBI Award Winning Landscape Project!
Check out our feature on Dering Hall's website!
It is with the utmost excitement that we would like to announce that we are the 2014 HOBI Award winner for "Best Outdoor Living Environment" for our landscape of the Soundview Manor property! The garden achieves its plan for a succession of "rooms", which reveal themselves to the visitor as the garden draws one down formal paths with focal points guiding the visitor to discover the next space. The garden now perfectly complements the grandeur of this impressive home and as time passes, the garden will mature into a truly sensational and unique example of landscape design. Thank you to all who helped make this project happen!
Check out this Houzz article below regarding the Landscape Architecture profession. It will give you an idea as to what Landscape Architects do and how we can help you!
Click the link below to see why John and other landscape architectures in Connecticut get involved in community service projects! There is so much to be said for these designers giving their time to help create beautiful public spaces.
It’s a perfect match, having sister companies in parallel fields. Clear communication is imperative to making a good team. Working as separate entities and joining forces when a job is nearing completion can create a powerful synergy. The newly developed landscape must be maintained to best enjoy the design, therefore it’s important to bring in a trained grounds crew as early as possible.
There are strong benefits to working with a firm that understands the design objective. Successful maintenance is a must in giving the landscape a chance to flourish and express the appearance the designer envisioned during conception. During the planting phase, maintenance managers can offer advice on plants needs and how they will develop over the seasons, establishing priorities that can reduce unnecessary work or replacements in the future.
If the transition is managed properly, preserving your new gardens should be easy. By managing both business interests from one location, we can offer a holistic approach that some folks might consider near perfection.
You know what we love? Those random phone calls we get from people across the country who love our work. Of course, who wouldn't, right? We recently got a call from a polite southern gentleman from Georgia who was eager to build his wife a replica of our chicken coop. His words were "I have been telling my friends that most wives want diamonds but mine wants a chicken coop. Two years ago I gave her 19 chickens, a donkey and a mule...and she was a happy woman!" How can you not love this guy?! We were so flattered! After sending him some pictures of the chicken coop from different angles, he was able to build his own version of our chicken coop in 4 short months. I must say, we are quite impressed! Thoughts?
Conte & Conte, LLC's version of the chicken coop...
We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a landscape designer to work with. So why choose Conte & Conte, LLC?
Here are a few reasons:
Licensed Landscape Architects
o Professionals who have gone through rigorous training and licensing requirements governed by state mandated standards.
o Primarily licensed in CT & NY though holding reciprocity privileges in all other states if required.
o John is also a licensed Arborist.
o Invariably our design team presents concepts that thrill clients with unconsidered options.
o Known for finding hidden opportunities overlooked by others.
o 20 years building landscapes while holding an ownership stake in our family owned Landscape Construction Company, John knows the nuts and bolts behind the design. This is an immeasurable benefit to clients in determining the cost and practicality of what it takes to implement & maintain design concepts.
o We recognize the importance of contributing to our local community giving countless hours in pro-bono work.
o John sits on over 5 local boards dedicated to land stewardship and environmental awareness. He also serves on the Architectural Review Committee for local government and has spent over 10 years as a board member of the Greenwich Inland Wetland Agency culminating as Vice Chairman.
o Utilizing the latest design modeling tools allowing you to see virtual 3D renderings of the concepts being proposed.
o These advanced tools increase efficiencies and accelerate the design to completion process.
o We are a small boutique type office maintaining a high priority on the importance of the personal touch.
o When dealing with us, you will have direct access to John, Kim and the entire team at any point in the process.
We love Houzz.com for so many reasons. Houzz is the Pinterest of the landscape, home and architecture world. They have made it so easy to create and share ideabooks with designers, architects and contractors. This allows us to see what inspires our clients. Each year, 3% of professionals are nominated Best of Houzz. We are pleased to have been nominated for both Best of Houzz in the Design category as well as the Satisfaction category.
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What benefits come from aerating a lawn?
Aerating a lawn will help with nutrient absorption, water drainage, and good air circulation to the lawn’s roots.
How often should people weed/fertilize their lawn or garden bed?
It is important to note that there are no blanket answers to taking care of your lawn since many key factors depend on the environment the lawn is in. It is best to consult with a professional for optimal results.
Typically you should weed your lawn as soon as weeds start to appear to keep weed seeds from germinating. You should do the same with garden beds, or at least weed them monthly. Weeds grow faster in the hot months of June, July & August. Try and fertilize three times during the growing season.
For someone who wants to make their lawn brilliantly green, what do you suggest they do?
You want to try and promote the overall health of your lawn by using organic slow release fertilizers which are environmentally preferable.
What’s a simple and quick fix to up the aesthetic appeal of a garden bed?
It always helps to do some weeding, edging and mulching!
Do you have any tips for preventing weeds and other invasive plants from growing on a lawn?
The healthier your lawn is, the fewer battles you will have with weeds. Most lawns like adequate sun and moisture. Using organic matter is also highly beneficial.
How often do you recommend mowing your lawn for maximum beauty and fullness?
Try and mow your lawn weekly, especially during the hot summer months but make sure to not cut your grass shorter than three inches.
What are some benefits of raking regularly?
Rake in the beginning of the growing season to try and get air, moisture and light to the grass.
What is a simple DIY project that you feel really increases the aesthetics of a yard?
Create a nice clean, crisp edge and boundaries. It is a nice idea to plant a flower bed perennial border.
The Greenwich Audubon is such a wonderful organization which has made it a mission to conserve the wildlife in this area. Their education efforts have engaged the community in understanding and protecting our natural environment. With a new change in management, the Audubon Center plans on revamping exhibits and learning spaces. Our landscape architects have donated their time in helping to design an interactive trail to help engage visitors. We feel so fortunate to be a part of such a great effort!
Perhaps one of the smartest things you can do when first considering a new construction or renovation project is to call a Landscape Architect. Landscape Architects bring a unique perspective to the project design team. They look at the practical constraints of a project while also viewing it with an artist’s eye. They are uniquely trained to integrate the Engineering and Architectural requirements of a project into a pleasing harmony of form and function. This can have a profound effect bringing the finished product to a higher level of excellence.
Far too often, a Landscape Architect is not brought in until late in the building process, when opportunities may have already been missed.
John R. Conte owner of Conte & Conte, LLC in Greenwich, CT emphasizes the importance of this. “Landscape architects are of key importance when assessing structures, roads, and landscape elements so they have most aesthetically pleasing relationship to the land around them. The ultimate goal is to create harmony between land and structure while respecting the natural setting.”